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first_imgDuring the Civil Rights Movement, the Howard-Linton Barbershop played a significant role for the Tuscaloosa community. During Bloody Tuesday on June 9, 1964, the barbershop was a place of shelter for people who were bleeding and injured.Barbershop owner, Rev. Thomas Linton, says he experienced the movement firsthand.“From day one, I know more about what was going on than anyone else,” he said. “In the Civil Rights Movement, I am the only leader that was left that was actually involved. I’m the only one that’s left.”The barbershop now has multiple purposes: it is a barbershop, but also a place of remembrance. The shop is also a museum where pictures from the Civil Rights Movement serve as visual reminders of the history the shop has seen.Linton says having those memories in the shop allows him to share his experiences from that time period.“I can tell them exactly what happened from day one, what happened, and I’m still here to share it with the people,” he said.Linton says having this trail in Tuscaloosa and having a marker recognizing civil rights shows how far the nation has come.“Making everyone aware of what happened and showing how races have come together and can talk about it and showing how unfair it was,” Linton said.The trail changes the narrative of Tuscaloosa’s civil rights history because throughout downtown there are markers that indicate something significant that happened there. For a list of all the stops and their significance to the movement, click here. The Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Trail shows stories and experiences people went through during the Civil Rights Movement. The final installment of its 18-stop tour is the Howard-Linton Barbershop, and its sign is now up.READ MORE:T-Town 200: Task Force Creates Civil Rights History Tour: Feb. 8, 2019Celebrating Black History: Barber Remembers His Role in Civil Rights History: Feb. 14, 2019Civil Rights Trail Officially Opens in Downtown Tuscaloosa: June 11, 2019T-Town 200: Read About the 18 Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Trail Tour Stops: July 28, 2019last_img